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IBM Rolls Out New PureSystems Data Servers

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted October 9, 2012


IBM is expanding its portfolio of PureSystems today with new offerings for transactions, analytics and operational analytics.

The PureData Systems are pre-configured solution bundles of server hardware and software that are designed for specific use cases. IBM first announced the PureSystems approach in April of this year with the PureFlex and PureApplication bundles. The three new bundles are specifically built to deal with data.

"The volume and velocity of data is just huge today, and the challenge is how to get the right data at the right time," Pete McCaffrey, Director, PureSystems Category Marketing, told ServerWatch. "Pure Data is basically designed to address the influx of data and to simply the whole process."

Bernie Spang, Director of Database Software and Systems at IBM, explained that the first new PureData system is for handling transaction processing. He noted that on transactional websites there is a transaction database that sits behind the site keeping track of actions and then committing the transaction. A transactional database behind a site can support thousands of shoppers simultaneously with lots of reads and writes to the database. ServerWatch

The PureData system features Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as the core underlying operating system. IBM then packs in its own DB2 version 10 Enterprise Server edition, together with IBM InfoSphere and the Tivoli Storage Manager client.

From a hardware perspective, a full rack PureData transaction solution can provide as many as 384 processor cores and 6.2 TB of memory. IBM is packing in 19.2 TB of SSD storage and an additional 128 TB of spinning disk hard drive storage.

The new IBM PureData system comes just a week after Oracle announced its own massive database system with the Exadata X3. Spang noted that IBM DB2 and the PureData system can be set up to run Oracle Database applications with minimal changes. This results from DB2's support for Oracle's stored syntax and stored procedure languages.

Analytics

In addition to the PureData System for transactions, IBM also has a new system built specifically for analytics. As is the case with the transaction system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the core operating system. On top of RHEL IBM is installing its Netezza Platform software as well IBM InfoSphere BigInsights.

When it comes to Operational Analytics, IBM has another PureData System that takes a different architectural approach than the transaction or analytics system. The PureData Operational Analytics system runs IBM's Power architecture with the AIX UNIX operating system on top.

"Among the benefits of the Power and AIX architecture is the capability for massive parallel threading," Spang said. "For operational analytics you have to deal with massive parallel processing of the analytics workloads across a high volume of data and you have to support a continuous load of the data coming in as well as a high degree of concurrency to support operations."

From a hardware perspective, the PureData System for Operational Analytics can scale up to 96 cores of compute and 769 GB of RAM. The largest system provides up to 14.4 TB of Solid State Storage and 324 TB of hard drive storage.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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